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Basic Manners Class

Basic Manners Class

Do you dream of having that well-behaved dog that everyone loves to be around? You know the one. A dog that sits when asked, comes when called, walks nicely on a leash and greets people calmly?

If so, we can tell you that it is PAWSible!®

When you enroll in our Basic Manners class, you will be professionally guided by Beth who will show you how to bring out the very best in your dog. You’ll be amazed at how much your dog learns in just five  weeks, using only positive reinforcement and the most up-to-date training techniques. 

Your instructor in every course at It's PAWSible!:   Beth Ostrowski-Parks, CBCC-KA, CPDT-KA.

For the best learning, our classes taught on zoom will have a maximum of 6 families attending.  This also helps ensure you’ll have time to interact with your instructor and get your questions answered.

If you’re ready to have the dog you’ve always dreamed of, check out the two options below and select the one that best suits your training goals.

Basic Manners Class

Who: Any puppy or dog over the age of 9 weeks
What:Basic Manners class + Puppy and Dog Training Ebook 
Where:  At the Training center or on Zoom in the comfort of your home
Duration: Once a week for six weeks
When: Listed Below are START DATES
Pick the date and time and continue for 6 weeks.
Fee: $245.00
Next Sessions Start:

Tuesday, June 16 @ 6:00 p.m.
(this class will be held at the training center)

Current class size limited to 6 dogs.

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Basic Manners and Behavior Consultation Package

Who:  Any Puppy or dog over the age of 9 weeks
What: Basic Manners class + Behavior Consultation+DVD+Ebook +Treat Carrying Bag
When:  Group Class meets
            once a week for 6 weeks and a
            Behavioral Consultation (90 minute meeting)
            to be s
cheduled at a mutually agreeable time.
Fee:    $395.00 (save 10% off individual pricing)
Next Basic Manners Sessions Start:

Tuesday, June 16 @ 6:00 p.m.
(this class will be held at the training center)

Current class size limited to 6 dogs.

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Please Read these Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions for Group Classes

     
  • What makes It's PAWSible! different than any other dog training center?

     We would love to tell you.  Here are the three main reasons!

    1)  All three of our Pet Dog trainers that teach the Basic Manners and the Ultimate Puppy Classes are Nationally Certified through the Certification Council for Professional Dog Trainers (CCPDT).  We attain the CPDT-KA Credentials through a very extensive exam that is offered only twice a year.  The test is no joke, it's very difficult as the council wants to be sure that we know what we are doing and also that we understand the science of animal learning.  Beth is also certified through the same council as a Certified Canine Behavior Consultant (CBCC-KA).  Again these credentials took a lot of study to attain.  We all have to take continuing education courses if we want to keep these credentials, too.

    2)  The training center was built for dog training.  Our 5000 square foot training center is clean, beautiful and when you walk in, you would never know it's 20 years old.  You will not even smell a trace of dog smells here.  That takes effort and we put it forth.  Our center is heated in the winter and air conditioned in the summer.

    3)  Probably the most important:  The training you will receive is the best.  It's PAWSible! has been here long before others and we continue to be here when some dog training businesses quit.   

    We care deeply about your success and we are here for you for as much information as you want.  You won't just learn sit, down, stay and the basics.  You will learn how to handle true life issues and concerns.  We understand that the best method of advertisement is to have a great reputation and we know we do.  But we are aware we have to not only earn that, but keep that too!

    As the owner of this business answering these questions, you can see I'm very proud of what we have accomplished here.  I hope I've convinced you which is most important.

  • What is the training method at It’s PAWSible?

    At It’s PAWSible! we use a method called Lure-reward. It is a method that I’ve been using for 20 years and it works really well. All of the instructors have been trained by me so we are all very consistent. The basic idea is to teach behaviors using a lure (treat). This then becomes a hand signal and the treat is “faded”. To see how lures quickly become hand signals, check out  this great video of our one of our trainers demonstrates the technique. The treat then becomes a reward and over time you reward randomly depending on what exercise you are doing. Some rewards can be faded quicker than others. I reward the recall ( “coming when called”) for a long time, if not forever! This skill is the most important "command" we can teach our dogs and sometimes it's the most difficult one for your dog to do.   We need to make this one worth your dog's effort!  

  • Do you use clickers?

    In our Beginner classes (Ultimate Puppy and Basic Manners) we do not use clickers to teach.  I am not opposed to clickers at all, I just feel that many novice dog owners don't want the hassle of one more thing to think about.  If you are clicker savvy and want to use your clicker, I have no problem with that. 

    If you ever want to learn how to effectively use a clicker, we can do a private lesson.   Just understand, you do not need a clicker to effectively train a dog.   We've been teaching here for 20 plus years with lots of successful students without using clickers.

    Keep in mind the trainers here are all very famililar with clicker training and love it, we are just trying to encourage people to train the way they are most comfortable as long as it is positive reinforcement training.   

  • When do classes meet?

    Here is a direct link to our training schedule page. We have many options. We also have some great training package specials that will save you a little money! The dates listed are START DATES. If you choose a particular start date then that is the time your class meets each week. Both the Ultimate Puppy Class and Basic Manners classes are six weeks long. 

  • Who in my family can come to class?

    Now that we are doing our classes virtually, anyone can be there.  But in fairness to all attending, I will only be able to work with one person at a time on each exercise. 

    When we go back to classes AT It's PAWSible!:  We have a 5000 square foot facility that we planned and had built for the purpose of training dogs. We have plenty of room. You can bring as many people as you want. I think the greatest amount of humans that have come with one dog at once was six!   But normally there will be 2 or 3 people attending a class with their dog. The more people who learn, the better the consistency so we are all about that!  In each class, our trainers will work with 1 or 2 people per family only, though.  We have to make sure we are giving even time to each individual or family that signs up for a group class.

    We are always available for private lessons either here or at your home as well.

  • Can my children come to class?

    For our new virtual, zoom classes, all in the family can be present.

    For when we return to classes at It's PAWSible!, Yes, but…Children cannot be disruptive in class. We are very committed to training you and to teach you how to train your dog, and there is a lot of material that we can share. We simply cannot be in charge of the children. I would prefer that children under the age of 6 not come to class as it’s very difficult for them to stay focused for an hour.  I am open to convincing if you would like to discuss this, please call me at  413-527-7364.  If you reach a voice mail, please leave a good time to call you back.

    If you do bring children to class, please be aware that we are expecting you to have full responsibility for them and that if there is a problem with control, we will ask you to make other arrangements for the rest of the weeks of class.   Thank you for your understanding!

    Also, children need to be told that they cannot go up and visit any of the other dogs in class.   We run a very safe dog training facility at It’s PAWSible! and we are very proud of that. 

    One more thing to keep in mind, this is a GROUP class so there are other people there without kids and they deserve the same amount of attention as you do.  Thank you for your understanding.   

  • How many dogs will be in the class?

    For our new virtual live classes on zoom, I'm limiting the class size to 6 dogs and their families.

    When we are offering classes again at our training center, We limit the class size to 8-10  dogs for our basic manners class and 10 puppies for our puppy classes. We also have 3 instructors so you will get plenty of help and support!
     

  • What if I think my dog is not quite ready for a group class?

    Now that we are doing classes, live on Zoom, ANY dog is welcome! 

    When we return to classes at It's PAWSible!, If you think your dog is not ready, it’s a good sign that perhaps he or she is not.  Often times, dogs new to families (rescue or shelter dogs) or adolescent dogs who have seemingly suddenly become "out of control", need a consultation before they come to a group class.  This is for safety reasons but also to help you and your dog be set up for success.   This would be in the form of a behavioral consultation.  

    If you want schedule a behavioral consultation which is 90 minutes, we can do that.  I would praise your intuitions and let you know right now, that you are making the right choice!   That way we can work directly on your issues and concerns about yoru dog.  Also your dog gets to be in the training center without the pressure of other dogs or people.  We appreciate your honesty.

  • I have a vacation planned right in the middle of the group classes and I'm going to miss a week, are there any make ups?

    Thank you for asking.  There are no make ups for missed classes.  However, people miss classes all the time.  Life is very busy and also unexplained colds and sickness can sometimes cause someone to miss a class.  We will do everything in our power to make sure you are caught up. 

    However, don't let a vacation cause you to put off training.  Your dog is learning 100% of the time.  The goal is to have him learn only good things!  Good dog training information will help you to attain that goal.

  • I have a young puppy—I see that they are welcome in either Ultimate Puppy or Basic Manners. What is the difference and which should I choose?
    Here is my best answer:  If our Ultimate Puppy Schedule works in your schedule, I would enroll in that class.  Our Ultimate Puppy Class is so wonderful even for people who know how to raise a puppy.  Even I, a skilled dog trainer, will take puppy classes with my puppies at other facilities.  There is always more to learn AND my puppy needs to be socialized. 
     
    If you cannot make the Ultimate Puppy Class, the Basic Manners is fine.  This class will have puppies and dogs of all ages.  There may even be some puppies that have just graduated from our Ultimate Puppy Class.  No matter what class you choose, your puppy is ready to learn now!  In fact he is always learning whether you are intentionally training him or not.   
     
    Bottom line:  Sign up for what works best in yor schedule! 
  • What are the best treats for class?

    For our new live/virtual classes at home, you can probably use your dog's kibble!  It depends on the dog!

    GREAT QUESTION!    This is very important. Your dog could love dog biscuits at home. He could love dog treats at home or his kibble. But when you take your dog into a very distracting atmosphere, which is what a dog training class is, you need something that will get his attention. We sell many healthy soft training treats at It’s PAWSible! but what I recommend that you bring is cut up real meat (any leftovers are fine). You can also buy cooked chicken strips or even beef strips at any grocery store. Get creative! Turkey meatballs, leftover meatloaf!  String cheese is one of my dog's favorites and it's so easy to work with (and inexpensive).

    If your dog never gets anything but kibble and dog cookies and you want to try good healthy soft dog treats, we have plenty available for sale!